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REACH INCORPORATED RECEIVES THREE-YEAR, $300,000 GRANT FROM THE NORMAN R. AND RUTH RALES FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT THE GROWTH OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM

Washington DC – May 13, 2015 – Reach Incorporated, a DC program that trains high school students to be elementary school tutors and children’s book authors, announces a three year, $300,000 investment from the Norman and Ruth Rales Foundation.

Reach’s unique model trains struggling teen readers to support elementary school students in need of additional support to achieve proficiency by the end of 3rd grade. Through this unique relationship, both the teen tutors and their elementary school students experience significant reading growth. Young readers receive individualized support while teen tutors solidify foundational literacy skills in an engaging and empowering way.

Mark Hecker, Executive Director of Reach Incorporated, reported, “This gift will, without doubt, change the trajectory of the organization. Through unconditionality, patience, and rigor, Reach builds readers who will become our city’s future leaders.”

Since 2010, Reach Incorporated has operated after-school programs in DC public schools, public charter schools, and community-based settings. Elementary school participants average one-and-a-half grade levels of reading growth per year of participation while their teen tutors average more than two grade levels of growth per year. Additionally, the program cultivates high-level leadership skills and graduates 90% of its tutors on time, though it recruits tutors with significant academic and social need.

“We see a lot of exciting opportunities to support organizations that address our mission,” said Josh Rales, President of the Rales Foundation. “The impact Reach is creating per dollar invested is as impressive as I have seen.”

This investment will allow the program to double in size, growing to serve 500 participants at nine DC program sites – focusing on the city’s lowest performing schools – in the next three years. This catalytic investment from the Rales Foundation will help Reach develop a comprehensive growth strategy, deepen its impact at current partner schools, and build the capacity necessary to serve additional schools and students.

Media Inquiries: Please contact Selamawit “Sully” Mulugeta at sully@reachincorporated.org or (202) 445 – 4263, or visit the website at www.reachincorporated.org.

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About the Rales Foundation: The Norman and Ruth Rales Foundation is dedicated to providing children and families from low income backgrounds with transformative opportunities to thrive through enhanced education, health and social services.  The Rales Foundation’s efforts are focused on supporting high-performance non-profits, forming public-private partnerships, and establishing innovative programs to achieve this objective.

Norman and Ruth Rales began their lives under humble circumstances.  Together they built a brilliant life filled with family, friends, community, work, and giving to others.  Their legacy continues through the Rales Foundation.

 

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